A critical part of our work to advance the RIPE100 policy is tracking activity on Capitol Hill and developing key relationships with legislators to help them create policy that works for farmers and ranchers.
This month, we are focused on two potential paths forward for the RIPE principles: Sen. Amy Klobuchar as a RIPE champion in Congress and the endorsement of RIPE principles in the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA)’s farm bill request to Congress.
Learn more about these initiatives and how you can get involved below.
Klobuchar’s Office Wants to Hear From Producers About RIPE
RIPE Board Vice President Eunie Biel, Steering Committee member Rachel Gray, and RIPE staff recently met with Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office to discuss the RIPE program. Her staff said they would brief the senator and asked to hear more from producer-leaders across Minnesota. This is a critical moment to let her know how many farmers and ranchers support the RIPE100 policy proposal.
If you farm in Minnesota and are interested in advocating for the RIPE program to Sen. Klobuchar’s staff, contact RIPE Government Relations Director Adam Pugh, for more information and to coordinate outreach to her office.
Big Opportunity To Shape Farm Bill Away from Cost-Share to Reasonable Return Through FACA
As a member of the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA), RIPE participates in monthly meetings to develop and promote climate policy priorities across the agriculture, food and forestry value chains. It’s a critically important coalition of groups such as farm bureaus and environmental organizations that is developing its Farm Bill platform in the next two months. FACA’s focus has been on supporting carbon farming programs and research, and since RIPE’s research shows that leaves most farmers at a net-loss, we are trying to broaden their scope to go beyond cost-share and include a principle of ensuring reasonable return.
In June, we submitted a policy recommendation to FACA’s relevant working groups to consider a climate-smart conservation program that would set a price floor above climate policy costs to ensure producers can earn a reasonable return, based on environmental benefits including greenhouse gas, soil health, water and others.
We need your help to activate this powerful coalition to shift from cost-share to reasonable return! If you are connected to any of FACA’s Founding Members or Steering Committee Members, please reach out to them right away to encourage them to endorse RIPE.
Contact RIPE Government Affairs Director Adam Pugh at email@example.com for support drafting an email to make this a 5-minute action to help achieve $100 per acre.
FACA member organizations include:
- American Farm Bureau Federation
- Environmental Defense Fund
- The Food Industry Association
- National Alliance of Forest Owners
- National Association of State Directors of Agriculture
- National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
- National Farmers Union
- The Nature Conservancy
- American Seed Trade Association
- American Sugar Alliance
- Association of Equipment Manufactures
- Association of Public Land-Grant Universities
- Biotechnology Innovation Organization
- Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau
- Croplife America
- Ducks Unlimited
- Farm Credit Council
- Federation of Southern Cooperatives
- National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
- National Corn Growers Association
- National Cotton Council
- National Milk Producers Federation
- Produce Marketing Association
- USA Rice